“Pg. 24” A Pseudo-Litany, Being Lines Written by Anon.
Rummaging through clutter, boxes & boxes strewn like flotsam or shipwreckage in one indissoluble heap, up in my fiancee’s attic one snow-bound afternoon in Pigeon Cove, MA, I happened upon two shoeboxes of floppy disks & opened them, hoping to determine their owner, their origin, anything pertinent—the house, inherited from her great grandparents, at times seemed foreign territory she once shared, Platonically, with a strange man who paid his share of rent on time, and never made waves, never showed any interest, other than obligatory & cursory etiquette, in my fiancee’s affairs. (Were the floppies his? the Litany? 024e002>The books & books of poems I discovered, abandoned like old clothes?)024e002> Once I heard him pacing and mumbling, reciting something intense & powerful (rhythmic) to himself again & again, 024e003>the words lost to the muffling of the wall between us024e003>. Had he thought we were conspiring against him? Clicking around the floppies, I discovered the following: page 24, scattered throughout several files, arranged in various configurations, and 024e005>imagined it was his voice, so quiet and murmuring in my head as I perused each fragment, each line024e005>. An educated man, I have long felt responsible for their discovery, and here—previous iterations notwithstanding—have selected what I believe are each “composition’s” definitive locution by (what I had found, merely fragments; the poet, unknown) our still unspoken “Anon.”:
024e007>Stropt “elocutions / executions” (estranged words)
Mapped (neighborly?) in langue-repose.024e007> On pg. 24.
024e010>Alliterates / obliterates civilizations
Spelled “oddlye” on pg. 24.Pg. 24 attacks.024e010>
“Blank white page.”
024e011>Aggressively w/ ack-ack aggressively.024e011>
024e012>Not of necessity but by virtue of its circumstance.024e012>
&by this it is meant on pg. 24:
Old Spice GermX Qtips Crest Tegrin Lancômbe are prose poems.
024e014>Signs beside poetry’s oval sink on pg. 24.024e014>
This is pg. 24.
This is pg. 24 the following day:
024e015>Pigeon Cove to Manassas to Point Reyes: Lisa driving lines across lines on pg. 24. Blue gift bags never vary by a single word.024e015> The hours ask dolor for color on pg. 24. 024e016>There is hope equated with pg. 24.024e016> (There in the glare of the particulars stands Lisa holding a volume of Frost open to pg. 24. King off on woods in Trojan is tycoon.) The shoals being eastern is the crux of the matter on pg. 24. Pg. 24 & pg. 24 are identical to a point. But not in time.